Extended CFGs

"Ralph Boland" <rpboland@gmail.com>
2 Feb 2006 11:46:36 -0500

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From: "Ralph Boland" <rpboland@gmail.com>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 2 Feb 2006 11:46:36 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: parse, tools

I am developing a parser generator tool which supports regular
expressions on the lefthand side of productions. My task is made
somewhat simpler if I disallow nullable production left hand sides. I
have been trying to come up with reasons why this might be a bad idea.


So far the only problem I have come up with is that of a nullable
terminal. For example, mulitplication in arithmetic can be a terminal
symbol such as '*' or may be implied by the juxtaposition of two
expressions. Thus we may write the multiplication of two variables B
and C by:


        B * C


or by:


      BC


I might want to write productions to capture this idea as follows:


Mult --> MULT ? # ? means optional
Multiply --> Expression Mult Expression
etc.


where MULT is a token defined as:


MULT --> '*'


Now the Mult production is nullable and thus not allowed in my parser
generator. I have a workaround for this particular problem but
perhaps there are other problems.


CAN ANYONE POINT OUT FURTHER PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM DISALLOWING
NULLABLE PRODUCTIONS?


Thanks


May all your software be patent free.


Ralph Boland


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